Maria Grygleski

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things." - St. Teresa of Avila

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth! This is my fourth year serving as a missionary; last year I served in Duluth, and the two years before that I served at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My primary focus is to reach the student-athletes on campus. I am convicted that God wants me to be in this place, with these people. He has already done so much, and I look forward to all He has in store for the year.

Below is my missionary team!

From left: Tim, Lauren, myself, Fr. Mike, Heather. Neal (not pictured) will be our new teammate this upcoming year!

My Story

As I look back on my life thus far, I can recognize that it's been a constant search for meaning, fulfillment and happiness. In my later high school and early college years, this seemed to be more pressing, and many of my pursuits ultimately left me empty-handed. It wasn't until I met a FOCUS missionary who was on my campus that I encountered someone who was truly joyful. This joy was something I was attracted to and wanted, but it was something I didn't yet have. Through forming an authentic friendship with her, she began to reveal the goodness and beauty to be found within the Catholic Church. For the first time, I began to have a desire to go deeper in my faith and take ownership of it. This was when I discovered that having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was something that was actually possible...and entirely life-changing.  Living life in relationship with God has been a beautiful adventure, and I cannot imagine where I would be without it. 

In being a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead others to Christ just as my friend did for me. I want to help others realize that they were made to live a beautifully abundant and joyful life! It has been an honor to serve as God's instrument, and it has been incredible to have a front row seat to watch the Holy Spirit truly change lives.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I am certain that the Lord has big plans in store for each of my mission partners as they each say "yes" to give of themselves to His mission. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and we can schedule a meeting. I'd be honored to share in the Lord's work with you. God bless!

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …